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Flat Budget Keeps Space Science on Edge

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Science  01 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5398, pp. 19
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5398.19a

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Europe's space powers have postponed until spring a decision on the long-term science budget for the European Space Agency, although they have temporarily approved level funding and given the green light for a new Mars mission. The delay angers scientists who have been lobbying for an increase in the agency's new 5-year budget, which begins today. But some officials said they were heartened that agency officials didn't make further cuts in a budget that in recent years has lagged behind inflation.